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Joshua's Nashville Guidebook

Joshua

Joshua's Nashville Guidebook

Speakeasy/Craft Cocktails
The speakeasy scene is trending nationwide. These hidden cocktail lounges and restaurants are some of my favorite, and arguably among the best in the nation.
If you are into high end, hand crafted cocktails or cigars, this is hands-down one of the coolest experiences you will find.  You’ll find this location as inconspicuous as they come. Approach the red phone booth, go inside, and dial the secret number of the rotary phone. When you get it right, the door back wall of the booth will open, gaining you access to the speakeasy. Here’s the catch, they don’t give out the number, and it changes regularly. Luckily for you, I am a member and can gain you priority access any time. Message me if you are interested. IMPORTANT: Red Phone Booth has a strictly enforced dress code. Check out their website for details.
Red Phone Booth
136 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
If you are into high end, hand crafted cocktails or cigars, this is hands-down one of the coolest experiences you will find.  You’ll find this location as inconspicuous as they come. Approach the red phone booth, go inside, and dial the secret number of the rotary phone. When you get it right, the door back wall of the booth will open, gaining you access to the speakeasy. Here’s the catch, they don’t give out the number, and it changes regularly. Luckily for you, I am a member and can gain you priority access any time. Message me if you are interested. IMPORTANT: Red Phone Booth has a strictly enforced dress code. Check out their website for details.
I love this place! Hidden in the old boiler room of a warehouse just outside of downtown, this dimly lit speakeasy is worth the stop. VERY cool atmosphere, excellent cocktails, and great people. Walk through the alley between a handful of restaurants and shops, and look for the unmarked metal door with a triangle. This place can get very busy, so I recommend arriving as early as possible. (Check their times. They are usually only open after 4pm)
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Old Glory
1200 Villa Pl
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I love this place! Hidden in the old boiler room of a warehouse just outside of downtown, this dimly lit speakeasy is worth the stop. VERY cool atmosphere, excellent cocktails, and great people. Walk through the alley between a handful of restaurants and shops, and look for the unmarked metal door with a triangle. This place can get very busy, so I recommend arriving as early as possible. (Check their times. They are usually only open after 4pm)
One of the coolest and more unique restaurant/speakeasies. This is a speakeasy restaurant with a manic theme, hidden under the Johnny Cash Museum, near Broadway. Enter Johny Cash museum, tell them you are there for House of Cards. You’ll be taken to a basement that has a dark, lush atmosphere, excellent food, drinks, and experience. Are you dine, you’ll be approached by a couple performers who will do subtle tricks, then after dinner there is a short manic show in the attached small theatre space. This is done just right to keep it cool and classy, and not cheesy at all. I highly recommend for an awesome experience. *Make a reservation *Very strict dress code. Must be dressed up. (See their web site)
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House of Cards
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One of the coolest and more unique restaurant/speakeasies. This is a speakeasy restaurant with a manic theme, hidden under the Johnny Cash Museum, near Broadway. Enter Johny Cash museum, tell them you are there for House of Cards. You’ll be taken to a basement that has a dark, lush atmosphere, excellent food, drinks, and experience. Are you dine, you’ll be approached by a couple performers who will do subtle tricks, then after dinner there is a short manic show in the attached small theatre space. This is done just right to keep it cool and classy, and not cheesy at all. I highly recommend for an awesome experience. *Make a reservation *Very strict dress code. Must be dressed up. (See their web site)
Food scene
Pinewood is one of my absolute favorite places. The food is excellent (Check out their weekend brunch), craft cocktails are amazing, and the atmosphere is perfect. I love it. They even have one of Nashville’s finest coffee shops inside. Looking for more than food and drink? Pinewood has a bowling alley, outdoor games and hangout, and even small wading pools to hang out in and around out back. This is a must see, but I also highly recommend reservations. It is often very difficult to get in otherwise. (Especially on the weekend)
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Pinewood Social
33 Peabody St
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Pinewood is one of my absolute favorite places. The food is excellent (Check out their weekend brunch), craft cocktails are amazing, and the atmosphere is perfect. I love it. They even have one of Nashville’s finest coffee shops inside. Looking for more than food and drink? Pinewood has a bowling alley, outdoor games and hangout, and even small wading pools to hang out in and around out back. This is a must see, but I also highly recommend reservations. It is often very difficult to get in otherwise. (Especially on the weekend)
Just trust me, you want to go. They are good any time, although often only open for dinner during the week. They get very busy, so make reservation of your party is large enough, or get there just before prime times. They also have an excellent brunch on the weekends.
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Saint Añejo
1120 McGavock Street
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Just trust me, you want to go. They are good any time, although often only open for dinner during the week. They get very busy, so make reservation of your party is large enough, or get there just before prime times. They also have an excellent brunch on the weekends.
Great food, classy, well seasoned performers, well balanced audio so it’s not too loud. This is one of the few places that likely pays their artists, so the music quality is amazing. And, unlike Broadway, you’ll actually get an incredible meal. *Make Reservations
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Sambuca
601 12th Avenue South
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Great food, classy, well seasoned performers, well balanced audio so it’s not too loud. This is one of the few places that likely pays their artists, so the music quality is amazing. And, unlike Broadway, you’ll actually get an incredible meal. *Make Reservations
Just a couple blocks from your apartment, and worth the visit. Great food, good drinks, great atmosphere. This is a good one for brunch. Not as busy as many Nashville hotspots, but reservations are always recommended.
The Goat - Sobro
211 Elm Street
Just a couple blocks from your apartment, and worth the visit. Great food, good drinks, great atmosphere. This is a good one for brunch. Not as busy as many Nashville hotspots, but reservations are always recommended.
Great Asian food.
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Sunda Nashville
592 12th Ave S
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Great Asian food.
Martin’s is a great location for BBQ and live entertainment. It’s located just one block from your building. Get those early for prime times, especially on the weekend, to avoid long lines.
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Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
410 4th Ave S
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Martin’s is a great location for BBQ and live entertainment. It’s located just one block from your building. Get those early for prime times, especially on the weekend, to avoid long lines.
Neighborhoods
The stretch that the music city is known for, and just a short walk from your stay. Broadway has countless options for music, drinks, entertainment, 7 days a week, rain or shine, all hours of the day. Walk the strip and enter whatever bars have music or atmosphere of your liking. Be sure to explore the additional floors of each establishment to find different artists/atmosphere/menu on each level. Many have rooftops as well. Broadway can get pretty wild, especially in the evenings and weekends. This is the location most travelers are looking for, but may not be your vibe later in the evening. Walking the stretch may sound loud from the street, but be aware, many have acoustic or lighter music one at least one level inside. Have fun, and be safe. Make good choices. :)
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Broadway
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The stretch that the music city is known for, and just a short walk from your stay. Broadway has countless options for music, drinks, entertainment, 7 days a week, rain or shine, all hours of the day. Walk the strip and enter whatever bars have music or atmosphere of your liking. Be sure to explore the additional floors of each establishment to find different artists/atmosphere/menu on each level. Many have rooftops as well. Broadway can get pretty wild, especially in the evenings and weekends. This is the location most travelers are looking for, but may not be your vibe later in the evening. Walking the stretch may sound loud from the street, but be aware, many have acoustic or lighter music one at least one level inside. Have fun, and be safe. Make good choices. :)
This cool alley full of entertainment, bars, and food, is tucked away just a couple blocks off Broadway. It too can get very crowded and loud on evenings and weekend, but I highly recommend checking it out. Here you’ll find some of the best locations for jazz and blues as well. (See my recommendations for those.)
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Printers Alley
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This cool alley full of entertainment, bars, and food, is tucked away just a couple blocks off Broadway. It too can get very crowded and loud on evenings and weekend, but I highly recommend checking it out. Here you’ll find some of the best locations for jazz and blues as well. (See my recommendations for those.)
A must see in Nashville, but also the place that really shows off the cool vibes Nashville is known for. A great walk, with great food and shops. ...and did I mention an Instagramers paradise? :) This is a nice walk, or an fun and easy scooter ride from your room.
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The Gulch
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A must see in Nashville, but also the place that really shows off the cool vibes Nashville is known for. A great walk, with great food and shops. ...and did I mention an Instagramers paradise? :) This is a nice walk, or an fun and easy scooter ride from your room.
Craft Coffee
Don’t waste your time or money on fast food coffee like Starbucks. ESPECIALLY when their are incredible, locally owned shops who know the craft of coffee. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
One of the most prestigious coffee roasters in the country. They have multiple locations in town, but this is a solid walk, or brief scooter ride from your room. Great people, incredible coffee, some food, pastries, etc. if you’re buying gifts from your trip, a bag of coffee from here is a good choice (although a little pricey)
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Barista Parlor Golden Sound
610 Magazine Street
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One of the most prestigious coffee roasters in the country. They have multiple locations in town, but this is a solid walk, or brief scooter ride from your room. Great people, incredible coffee, some food, pastries, etc. if you’re buying gifts from your trip, a bag of coffee from here is a good choice (although a little pricey)
Just across the street from your apartment! This is an excellent shop, and with lots of room. It’s just inside the lobby of Rocketown.
Kwizera Coffee
601 4th Avenue South
Just across the street from your apartment! This is an excellent shop, and with lots of room. It’s just inside the lobby of Rocketown.
You’ll love this place. Among Nashville’s top coffee shops.
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CREMA
15 Hermitage Avenue
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You’ll love this place. Among Nashville’s top coffee shops.
A short trip from downtown, but great coffee.
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Sump Coffee
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A short trip from downtown, but great coffee.
Not my #1 for coffee in Nashville, but definitely at the top of the list. They also have good food, some bar drinks, and pastries. Frothy Monkey is a Nashville staple, and very popular. This location is the one you’d want to visit. A short drive or Uber ride from downtown, but also among many of Nashville’s “must see” locations and photos ops.
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Frothy Monkey
2509 12th Avenue South
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Not my #1 for coffee in Nashville, but definitely at the top of the list. They also have good food, some bar drinks, and pastries. Frothy Monkey is a Nashville staple, and very popular. This location is the one you’d want to visit. A short drive or Uber ride from downtown, but also among many of Nashville’s “must see” locations and photos ops.
Shopping/Entertainment/Food
Brand new “mall” right on Broadway, and just down from your apartment. This is a great place to grab some food, a drink, or do a little shopping. I would call this more of an outdoor shopping and eatery district rather than a mall. Cool spot.
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Fifth + Broadway
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Brand new “mall” right on Broadway, and just down from your apartment. This is a great place to grab some food, a drink, or do a little shopping. I would call this more of an outdoor shopping and eatery district rather than a mall. Cool spot.
Bar food with multiple floors of music. I like this one because it’s not as grungy as some of the places on Broadway, and typically has great music. Check out the rooftop space as well.
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Ole Red
300 Broadway
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Bar food with multiple floors of music. I like this one because it’s not as grungy as some of the places on Broadway, and typically has great music. Check out the rooftop space as well.
Great venue that gets very busy, but not as crazy as some. Check out the multiple floors of artists/atmospheres.
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Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge
301 Broadway
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Great venue that gets very busy, but not as crazy as some. Check out the multiple floors of artists/atmospheres.
EXCELLENT music if you’re into blues/jazz. I mean, really excellent. They really pack you in, and there will likely be a wait, but it is so worth it. Usually a $10 of so cover.
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Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
220 Printers Alley
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EXCELLENT music if you’re into blues/jazz. I mean, really excellent. They really pack you in, and there will likely be a wait, but it is so worth it. Usually a $10 of so cover.
Local Church
I have been attending here, or at their main campus in Franklin when in town. Great people, solid church, incredible worship, great message. This campus meets at Rocketown music venue, just behind your apartment.
Church of the City - East Nashville
110 Gallatin Avenue
I have been attending here, or at their main campus in Franklin when in town. Great people, solid church, incredible worship, great message. This campus meets at Rocketown music venue, just behind your apartment.
Family activities.
This is a great stop if you have kids with you. Great rainy day getaway, or any day really.
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Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Boulevard
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This is a great stop if you have kids with you. Great rainy day getaway, or any day really.
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Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
3777 Nolensville Pike
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